The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)


The Good Mother (The Price of Passion) (1988)


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Anna Dunlap (Diane Keaton) is a divorced mother living is Boston with her 6-year-old daughter Molly (Asia Viera). She supports herself and her daughter by working part time in a lab and teaching piano. Her ex-husband Brian (James Naughton) is a Washington lawyer who has since remarried. Anna meets Leo Cutter (Liam Neeson) and she and the Irish sculptor begin a torrid and passionate love affair. Molly walks in while the two are making love and lies down to sleep next to her mother, oblivious of their act of intimacy. Molly innocently relates the incident to Brian, and the livid lawyer sues for custody of the little girl. An ugly courtroom battle begins, with Leo being accused of molestation of a minor and Anna branded as an amoral, unfit mother. Her attorney Muth (Jason Robards) levels with Anna and tells her she must choose between Molly and her lover. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, this powerful drama is taken from the best-selling novel by Sue Miller.

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Critic Reviews for The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)

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The traumatic subject matter of a child custody fight is handled with restraint and intelligence in The Good Mother.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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Performances are good, though Keaton's snorting laughs and distracted manner are a bit of an obstacle course.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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For all its potential to challenge and disturb, The Good Mother is finally no more wrenching than a placid Maine landscape on a summer day.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Even shackled to banalities, Keaton has the power to amaze.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The Good Mother is one of the most confused and conflicted serious movies in a long time -- a film that feels great passion about its subject matter but has no idea what it wants to say or how to say it.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

One more nail in the coffin of the 60s.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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